Brendan Nelson is having the week off, meaning Malcolm Turnbull and Greg Hunt will be able to prepare the Coalition’s response to Wednesday’s emissions trading scheme Green Paper undistracted by the sort of gymnastic display put on by their leader last week.

We should really have seen Friday’s final backflip coming. After spending the week at odds with his own leadership team and happily making the Coalition’s position on climate change the issue, the only way Nelson could’ve topped that was by somersaulting back to where he started from a week before. Which he promptly did. So now the official position is an ETS by no later than 2012, unconditional on anyone else doing anything. Despite Nelson’s own column in The Australian on Friday morning arguing quite the opposite.